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The Voice of Witness Collection

The Voice of Witness oral history book series amplifies the voices of people directly impacted by—and fighting against—injustice, using an ethics-driven methodology that combines journalistic integrity and a humanizing, literary approach to oral history.

The series explores issues of race-, gender-, and class-based inequity, featuring a diversity of voices, including those of wrongfully convicted Americans, undocumented immigrants, agricultural workers, Indigenous peoples, communities displaced from public housing, and more. Their personal stories offer readers an engaging understanding of issues that might otherwise seem abstract.

In support of Read It Forward: A Voice of Witness Read-A-Thon in May, all titles in the Voice of Witness book series are currently 50% Off.

Personal narratives from farmworkers, sex workers, the undocumented, the incarcerated, and more—covering the first year COVID swept across the United States.

Puerto Ricans share their stories of surviving Hurricane María and its aftermath.

How We Go Home shares contemporary Indigenous stories in the long and ongoing fight to protect Native land and life.

They are a mass migration of thousands of young people from Central America, yet each one travels alone: solito, solita.

A DIY guide for social justice oral history projects.

A collection of intimate portraits told directly by people whose lives have been devastated by solitary confinement in America.

In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high-rises

Stories that humanize the oft-ignored violations of human rights that occur daily in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In their own words, the narrators of Patriot Acts recount their lives before the 9/11 attacks and their experiences of the backlash that have deeply altered their lives and communities.

Nowhere to Be Home is an eye-opening collection of oral histories exposing the realities of life under military rule. In their own words, men and women from Burma describe their lives in the country that Human Rights Watch has called “the textbook example of a police state.”